A 19th century antique hourglass in a mahogany cage with four spindles. An inner glass bulb filled with sand which takes approximately one hour for the sand to run through. It measures 23cm h x 13.5cm w.
They were made in various sizes for different requirements but the usual length of time was an hour, half hour or 3-4 minutes.
Often used by the Royal Navy up until 1839 to count in half hours and for marines as a dependable measure of time whilst at sea. It has also been documented that these  timers were used in the church pulpit for measuring the parsons sermon to ensure it did not overrun!!

Antique Hourglass Timer

    OPUS ANTIQUES
     
    We first became involved in Antique Treen and furniture some twenty five years ago and since then a passion for Treen, small wooden snuff boxes and decorative wooden items has developed into Opus Antiques.


    This web site shows only a  small selection of our current stock for sale, if you are looking for something you don't see, please contact us.

     

    We are also interested in buying Antique Treen items. As well as using our Contact page, you can also email or telephone us on 07941 285532

    ANTIQUE TREEN

    The word Treen is derived from the word tree and is a term used to describe wooden household objects, all turned from one piece of wood e.g. a bowl, plate, gingerbread mould, and spoons, always having a function.

    Nowadays when we talk about Antique Treen it tends to cover all small wooden items including antique snuff boxes, candle stands, spice towers, etc. often made from several pieces of turned wood.

     

    When a piece of wood has been painstakingly turned or carved, handled, polished and loved over a few hundred years old, it can develop a wonderful colour and patina and becomes an irresistible piece of Antique Treen.

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    Address: Bath, Somerset       Contact Telephone: 07941 285532       Email:  opusantiques@hotmail.co.uk